The Infernal Machine: & Other Plays

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New Directions Publishing, Jan 17, 1964 - Drama - 409 pages
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Four full-length plays by one of the greatest dramatists Europe has produced.

Among the great figures who pioneered the modern movement in world literature, none showed himself more versatile than France's Jean Cocteau. Poet, novelist, critic, artist, actor, film-maker, Cocteau was also one of the greatest dramatists Europe has produced, with over a dozen plays which are frequently revived, not only in France, but in translation in many other countries. For this collection, fine translations of four full-length plays, one short play, and the “Speaker's Text" for the Cocteau-Stravinsky opera Oedipus Rex have been selected. The longer plays (The Infernal Machine, Orpheus, Bacchus, Knights of the Round Table) are re-creations of classic myth and legend—poetic and highly original interpretations of certain timeless themes which have inspired great drama through the ages. The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party is, by contrast, merely a "curtain-raiser," but remarkable as un jeu d'esprit, revealing the wit and psychological penetration for which Cocteau is famous.

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The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party
The Knights of the Round Table
The Speakers Text of Oedipus Rex

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About the author (1964)

Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) was an avant-garde French writer, designer, filmmaker and boxing manager.

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